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The Analog Vault Top 25 picks from 2018!

The Analog Vault Top 25 picks from 2018!
What a year for music 2018 has been! Here, in no order, are our top 25 favourite releases and reissues of the year: 



John Coltrane - Both Directions at Once

A recently discovered recording from 1963 - this brilliantly captures the intensity of Coltrane’s great quartet and hints at the boundary-stretching musicality to come.


Jon Hassell - Listening to Pictures



His first album since 2009, this LP is rich with melody and unbounded rhythms, exploring in a dreamlike manner but still grounded in its vision. One of our favourites from the Vault!⠀

 
Haruomi Hosono - Philharmony



This is the second solo record from the unbelievably prolific Haruomi Hosono, one of the major architects of modern Japanese pop music. Philharmony is a wild listen, veering from abstract ideas, to synth pop, to tight, funky tunes for the dancefloor.



Yellow Magic Orchestra - Self Titled



The first album by the legendary Yellow Magic Orchestra, made up of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yukihiro Takahashi and Haruomi Hosono. This boundary smashing debut from 1978 blends synth pop with early electro, hip hop and bleep techno. Seminal and  essential!


Ryu Fukui - Scenery



Unquestionably one of the most important Japanese jazz albums ever recorded! Scenery reveals Ryo Fukui as a miraculously brilliant self-taught pianist fusing modal, bop, and cool jazz influences for a very personal, dexterous and game-changing take on classic standards made famous by Bing Crosby and John Coltrane among others.


Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile



A mainstay in our Modern Jazz collection, this emotionally and rhythmically-charged jazz album is definitely worthy of repeated listens!


N'Draman Blintch - Cosmic Sounds



One of our favourite reissues of the year - A synth-heavy, psychedelic disco record, with artwork to match, Cosmic Sounds marries the sci-fi boogie sounds of US and European dance floors with a Afro-funk grooves for an endless boogie.


Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth



Saxophonist Kamasi Washington's 2018 release is such a thrilling multi-genre journey through musical ideas, cementing his place as one of the Jazz greats of today. 

Various - J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969 - 1984



This amazing compilation is packed with obscure and sought after rarities that takes the listener on a wonderful journey. From deep spiritual jazz, post-modal Impressionism and dance floor material from artists & composers whose names are generally known to committed collectors of Japanese Jazz.



Various - We Out Here



An incredible compilation by Gilles Peterson's label Brownswood Recordings from earlier this year, this brilliantly showcases the UK's flourishing jazz scene. Spearheaded by saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, who is credited as musical director, and features sounds from Hutchings, Maisha, Ezra Collective, Moses Boyd, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, and more


Arthur Verocai - Self Titled



In this LP lies perfect doses of Bossanova, Samba, Jazz, Funk, Breaks and Psychedelic Rock. Listeners here can expect a 29 minute long LP of unique song arrangements and interesting sonic timbres. Perfect for a windy day and lovers of Madlib, as described as an album he could listen to every day for the rest of his life :) 


Various - Onda De Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were 1984 – 94



An awesome compilation selected by Millos Kaiser, one half of Sao Paulo's Selvagem DJ and digging duo. This LP features 16 rare tracks from the 80s & 90s, exploring sounds from Brazil. Packed tight with balearic rhythms, synth driven melodies and classic drum machine grooves of the 80s, this LP is a must have for both DJs and vinyl heads. Perfect for a samba-boogie and an ice cream while listening!


Nujabes – Metaphorical Music



After a long, long wait, this genre defining breakbeat album from the late great Nujabes has finally been made available on our favourite medium, vinyl :)


Various – Untinted: Sources for Madlib’s Shades of Blue



 Untinted contains the source material for Madlib's seminal 2003 project 'Shades of Blue' and is a fantastic intro to compare all the material from both recordings. It's a great dose of jazz in which Madlib focuses on the soul and jazz he used for the remixes. With songs by among others Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver and Donald Byrd the 12-track album gives you an indication of the way Madlib created his pieces. 


Alfa Mist – Antiphon



Perfect for a late night listen, an insight into Alfa Mist's journey as an artist. Here, modern jazz meets hip hop with style, finess, and tasteful musical vocabulary.


Nils Frahm – All Melody



Nils Frahm's 7th studio album is actually the first out of his works from his new studio in Berlin, painstakingly crafted over two years, deconstructing and reconstructing the entire space from the cabling and electricity to the woodwork, before moving on to the finer elements; building a pipe organ and creating a mixing desk all from scratch with the help of his friends. All Melody is born out of the freedom that his new environment provided, allowing Nils to explore without any restrictions and to keep it All about the Melody.


Weldon Irvine – The Sisters



Throughout the 70s, Weldon Irvine released a series of seminal albums full of deep, soulful, funky grooves. "The Sisters" is a collection of lost tracks and demos from his late-1970s studio sessions with fellow Jazz-Funk luminary Don Blackman. Soul-Jazz at its finest!


Jon Hopkins – Singularity



Moving effortlessly through acid house and ambient bliss, Jon Hopkins' first album since 2013 is a wonderful journey through electronic styles, constantly changing - his tracks feel unbound from the metronome, his style cemented and present, his emotions ever so resonant. Singularity is a keeper. 


Joe Armon-Jones – Starting Today



Mixing jazz with hip-hop and dub production influences, Joe Armon-Jones - Starting Today features a band including Nubya Garcia (whose new solo EP Armon-Jones plays on), Moses Boyd, Oscar Jerome, and Maxwell Owin.


Charles Mingus – Jazz In Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery

 

A must have for Mingus fans - nearly four hours of previously unreleased live material by the legendary bassist, all recorded on a single night in February 1973 for Detroit public radio. This  is the glowing intersection of tradition and abstraction.


Mkwaju Ensemble - Mkwaju



The 2018 reissue of MKWAJU  (Midori Takada's first album).  Here Takada leads the ensemble with marimbas, vibraphone and other percussive elements blending Eastern and Western minimalistic traditions along with afro-latin rhythms to give a truly unique LP. The album covers a wide spectrum of sound, ranging from the spirit of Jazz through its improvisational qualities to hypnotic dance-floor ready percussive pieces, a beautiful listen throughout.


Abstract Orchestra – Madvillian Vol.1



A jazz deconstruction & re-imagining of the classic MF Doom/Madlib collaboration played live! A jazz album as much as it is a hip-hop album, Madvillain, Vol. 1 explores the reciprocal territory between the genres.


Mansur Brown – Shiroi



An integral part of the groundbreaking Yussef Kamaal album, (and also a contributor on one of the standouts on this year`s We Out Here collection), guitarist Mansur Brown comes into his own with his debut, Shiroi. Drawing on on percussive electronics, trap and jazz fusion, Brown's dextrous playing comes into full form on this one.


Carlos Maria Trindade / Nuno Canavarro – Mr. Wollogallu



On this fantastic collaboration,  Carlos Maria Trindade and Nuno Canavarro manage an enchantingly adventurous and sophisticated soundscape from a range of sources; disparate instruments from across the globe, synthesizers and samples melt into each other with the use of vintage electronic production techniques. Packed with distinct, contrasting elements, the movements make for a baffling, yet comforting journey. A lovely LP to get lost in.


Aphex Twin – Collapse EP



 How often does a late career comeback happen? Richard D James aka Aphex Twin is making some of the best music of his life right now. Joyous, meticulous, skippy, and smooth, Collapse has to go down as one of his finest. The joy is infectious, the programming and sound design ever virtuosic. A definite grin generator for any raver.


A Madlib Classic Gets New Reissue

A Madlib Classic Gets New Reissue

Is it jazz? Is it hip hop? Madlib's classic genre-bending album Shades of Blue is set for a limited run reissue through Music On Vinyl

Released on Blue Note in 2003, the album had Madlib raiding the Blue Note vaults and sampling seminal records from the likes of Wayne Shorter, Donald Byrd, Bobby Hutcherson and more.

One of the finest albums in the sampling/cut-up range of hip hop, this run of vinyl will be pressed on blue/white wax, with the first 1,000 copies numbered as well.

Check out the full album below.

 

Blaxploitation Classic 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' Has Been Reissued On Vinyl

Blaxploitation Classic 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' Has Been Reissued On Vinyl

As part of Memphis record label Stax Records, massive 60th anniversary reissue campaign they have reissued the soundtrack to blaxploitation film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

Written, produced, directed and even starring Melvin Van Peebles himself in 1971. The film's soundtrack featured a then unknown Earth, Wind and Fire who had worked alongside Van Peebles to compose the soundtrack together. The soundtrack had also foreshadowed the use of sampling in hip hop through alternating hymn-based vocalization and jazz rhythms.

The film was ahead of its time in that Van Peebles had considered the soundtrack as an integral part of the film as quoted, "Most filmmakers look at a feature in terms of image and story or vice versa. Effects and music [...] are strictly secondary considerations. Very few look at film with sound considered as a creative third dimension. So I calculate the scenario in such a way that sound can be used as an integral part of the film."

Check out the full soundtrack below.

Ella Fitzgerald's Gershwin Songbooks To Be Reissued For Her 100th Birthday

Ella Fitzgerald's Gershwin Songbooks To Be Reissued For Her 100th Birthday

In honour of her centennial celebrations, Ella Fitzgerald's 1959 album with the Nelson Riddle OrchestraElla Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Books, will be reissued in a spectacular 6 LP box set.

Born on 25th April 1917, Ella Fitzgerald is often regarded as one of the most important and influential jazz vocalists of all time, becoming highly synonymous with countless jazz standards.

Remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios in Hollywood where the album was originally recorded in 1959 under the supervision of Verve Records founder Norman Granz. The box set will consist of the original 5 LP album with a new 10-inch instrumental EP. Which includes orchestra tracks and additional session material, one of which is a mono alternate take of "Oh! Lady Be Good!" on vinyl for the first time ever. 

The set also includes replicas of the five lithographs by French impressionist painter Bernard Buffet and a hardcover book, Words And Music, which has been updated with additional historical information and an afterword by noted author David Ritz.

The box set will be released on 21st April.

Listen to the original album below.

Arrested Development's 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life Of... To Be Reissued

Arrested Development's 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life Of... To Be Reissued

For its 25th year anniversary, Music On Vinyl will be reissuing Southern Hip Hop group Arrested Development's debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life Of...

The album's title is a reference to the length of time it took Arrested Development to get a record contract. Choosing to focus on spirituality, peace and love. The album stood out in a time where gangsta rap was the most prevalent form of hip hop on the airwaves. The popularity of the album marked the beginning of Southern Hip Hop's rise in the mainstream.

Hit charting singles off this album are 'People Everyday', 'Mr. Wendal' and 'Tennessee'. With 'Tennessee' being listed on the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.

For this reissue, Music On Vinyl has pressed the album on 180 gram audiophile vinyl, with the first 2,000 pressings on white vinyl with remaining copies on black vinyl. An insert with song lyrics will also be included.

Set to drop on the 31st of March.

Check out the full album below.

Alternative Hip Hop Favourite 'Dr. Octagonecologyst' Will Be Reissued For 20th Anniversary

Alternative Hip Hop Favourite 'Dr. Octagonecologyst' Will Be Reissued For 20th Anniversary

Described by Kool Keith as 'sci-fi, science and sex. And cannibalism, mixed. Space, sex and ‘Psycho,’ all at the same time.' Dr. Octagonecologyst is definitely one of the most unique alternative rap records of all time and for its 20th anniversary it will be getting a deluxe reissue treatment by Get On Down.

Dr. Octagonecologyst was the solo debut of Ultramagnetic MCs' Kool Keith under his Dr. Octagon persona. Featuring production work by Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and KutMasta Kurt, and not forgetting the fiery turntable acrobatics of DJ Qbert. The album is one of the most influential independent rap records, often cited as revitalising the alternative hip hop scene in the mid-90s. With critics praising for its abstract, avant-garde lyrics and clever blending of psychedelic, trip hop, horrorcore, and electronic music elements.

The album will be housed in a custom octagonal box featuring original cover artwork by Pushead, 40 page liner notes booklet and 5 additional unreleased songs only available for this reissue.

The reissue is set to drop in early May.

Check out the video to 'Blue Flowers' off the album.

 

Soul Jazz Records To Reissue Reggae Disco Compilation

Soul Jazz Records To Reissue Reggae Disco Compilation

Hustle! Reggae Disco which was originally released in 2002 will be back in print with an expanded edition featuring five additional tracks across 3LPs. It features reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style and went on to be one of their best selling compilations, not to mention it was also featured heavily in early Grand Theft Auto games.

Some of its highlights include reggae disco covers of seminal classics by Anita Ward (‘Ring My Bell’), Chaka Khan (‘I’m Every Woman’), Michael Jackson ‘Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,’ Sugarhill Gang (‘Rappers Delight’).

Release date is set for 3rd March.

Check out Xanudu and Sweet Lady's cover of Sugarhill Gang's 'Rappers Delight' off the album below.

Tracklist:

01. Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell
02. Derrick Laro and Trinity – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
03. Chariot Riders – Do It Nice & Easy
04. Black Harmony – Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
05. Latisha – I’m Every Woman
06. Ernest Ranglin – In The Rain
07. Family Choice – Reggae Beat Goes On
08. Risco Connection – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now
09. Xanadu and Sweet Lady – Rappers Delight
10. Sharon Forrester – Love Don’t Live Here Any More
11. Carol Cool – Upside Down
12. One Blood – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got
13. Charmaine Burnett – Am I The Same Girl

Soon To Be Reissued Is Jack Kerouac's Debut Album 'Poetry for the Beat Generation'

Soon To Be Reissued Is Jack Kerouac's Debut Album 'Poetry for the Beat Generation'

Famed beatnik writer Jack Kerouac's debut spoken word album Poetry for the Beat Generation will be reissued for the first time ever since its 1959 release via Real Gone Music.

The album will be pressed on black and white "beatnik smoke" vinyl limited to 900 copies. Featuring TV personality and musician Steve Allen on piano, the collaboration came about after Allen had rescued Kerouac from a disastrous first set at the Village Vanguard.

According to the label "the duo’s collaboration was so impressive that legendary engineer Bob Thiele brought them into the studio to record an album for Dot Records". With the entire album being recorded in just one session and one take for each song. However, Dot’s President Randy Wood rejected the album due to its then-daring language and subject matter. Leading Thiele to leave and start Hanover Records with Allen and subsequently release the record in 1959.

The album is set to be released on 7th April.

Check out the full album below:

New Reissue For Ahmad Jamal's Masterpiece 'The Awakening'

New Reissue For Ahmad Jamal's Masterpiece 'The Awakening'

For the first time in 20 years, Ahmad Jamal's highly influential and heavily sampled 1970 album The Awakening will be reissued by Be With Records.

The deep trio session was recorded in NYC and originally released on Impulse!, featuring masterful Zen like playing from Jamal which influenced the likes of Miles Davis and Wynton Kelly in their own performance on another landmark jazz album, Kind of Blue.

The album has also left an indelible mark on hip hop, becoming a sampling goldmine for some of the best tracks from its golden era. Tracks such as Nas' "The World Is Yours", Gang Starr's "DJ Premier In Deep Concentration" and Common's "Resurrection" would have sounded different if not for this record. 

For this edition, Be With Records presents a gatefold release with the stunning original artwork and liner notes true to the original package. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl with mastering by Simon Francis.

Release date set for the 24th of March.

Stream the full album below:

Death Waltz's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Reissue Finally Set For Release

Death Waltz's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Reissue Finally Set For Release

After Death Waltz's much teased reissue of the Twin Peaks soundtrack this year, it's prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me will likewise finally be reissued on wax come January.

The label had teased the release with a tweet quoting Twin Peaks’ character Donna Hayward “If I had a nickel for every cigarette your mom smoked, I’d be dead,”. The soundtrack also features compositions by Angelo Badalamenti and includes vocal contributions by jazz singer Jimmy Scott and dream-pop artist Julee Cruise.

This release will surely tide fans over till the long awaited revival hits screens next year.

Check out the soundtrack below.

Source: FACT

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